CEO of the Year Awards Breakfast Recap

Dr. Reginald Coopwood, CEO of Regional One Health.

Larry Kuzniewski

Leaders from across the city met at the Memphis Botanic Gardens this morning for the annual MBQ CEO of the Year Awards Breakfast, honoring award winners in our categories based on number of employees along with all 10 finalists. Each of these award winners and finalists has impacted the Memphis community through their leadership and dedication to excellence in their field, and MBQ is honored to recognize their efforts each year. Big thanks to our sponsors, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Financial Federal, and VACO for their continued support. If you would like to see pictures, please click here

Winner:  1-50 Employees

J.W. Gibson

Gibson Companies, Inc.

An entrepreneur at heart, Gibson founded his company in 1991, and today it contains three subsidiaries: The Premier Group, a distributor of medical supplies and equipment; Southeast Regional Development Corporation, a developer of housing and major Memphis properties, including the James Lee House in Victorian Village and the Chisca Hotel; and Tec-Print, the official printer of Tennessee Lottery tickets. Mr. Gibson has also served as a Shelby County Commissioner.


Winner: 50-200 Employees

Barbara Daush

St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School

Daush is a former Latin teacher who has been with St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School for 20 years. Since her time leading the school, enrollment has grown 45 percent, the school’s endowment has grown 8,000 percent to over $5.6 million, the campus has been reinvented through two major capital campaigns, and the school has won the Best of Preps Female Division Trophy in athletics an unprecedented three years in a row.


Winner:  200-1,000 Employees

Troy Keeping

Southland Park Gaming & Racing

When Keeping took over Southland seven years ago, he inherited an out-of-date facility perceived as a run-down dog track. Within an aggressive game plan, Southland turned their fate around, and profits finally hit the bottom line. In 2013, the company had an economic impact of $104 million. In 2012, the park had to biggest expansion yet of $11 million. This January, Keeping announced even more growth, with a $37.4 million expansion that will add 41,000 square feet, 500 new gaming machines, and a restaurant.


Platinum Award Winner: 1,000+ Employees

Reginald Coopwood

Regional One Health

In the first decade of the 21st century, The MED was in a dire state. Though widely recognized as a great medical organization, The MED wasn’t getting the public funding it needed to operate effectively. The hospital was losing patients at an alarming rate, and news headlines frequently reported its somber situation. A management company did a good job to stop the bleeding at The MED, but on February 28, 2010, the CEO, CFO, COO, CNO, and CMO of The MED walked out the door when their contract ended, and the next day the newly hired Dr. Reginald Coopwood walked in as the only member of the administration.

Dr. Coopwood saw that it was time to grow rather than cut further. He created new revenue streams by expanding services, and helped make sure that patients who could afford to transfer upon recovery chose not to do so. In the four years prior to Dr. Coopwood’s arrival, The MED was losing money, including $20 million in 2009. In his first full fiscal year, the organization made $7 million.

His work is just beginning. Recently renamed Regional One Health, Dr. Coopwood has lofty goals for the hospital system. His goal is for the organization to be a hospital of choice, competing in the same market as other major hospitals. Regional One Health is in the midst of replacing its campus, developing an outpatient hospital in East Memphis off Highway 385, and aiming to rank in the class of great academic hospitals like the Mayo Clinic and Vanderbilt.


Finalists: 1-50 Employees

Clark Butcher & Robert Taylor

Victory Bicycle Studio

Victory Bicycle Studio was founded by its two CEOs as an independent bicycle dealer and fitness center in 2010. Since then, the company has grown from $600,000 in business the first year to more than $1.25 million annually, and was recently been named to the list of Top 100 Bicycle Retailers in the Country. Butcher and Taylor are active in the Broad Avenue community, assisting with planning the future “Hampline” connecting Shelby Farms Park Greenline with Overton Park.


Gregory L. Woods

Corporate IQ, Inc.

Corporate IQ provides executive/VIP protection, patrol, high value transport, and investigation services for businesses and residential communities. A former football player at the University of Cincinnati, Woods also spent 15 years with the Memphis Police Department, where he served in the Organized Crime Unit and Narcotics and spent his last five years as a Detective Sergeant/Felony Investigator. Prior to taking over Corporate IQ, Woods also held a supervisory position with the largest security company in the world, with responsibility for all of the logistics for a Fortune 500 company.


Finalists: 50-200 Employees

Bob Hamilton

XMC, Inc.

Hamilton began his career as a partner at Tom Lawler’s in Jackson, Tenn., until XMC, then the company’s subsidiary, was created as a Xerox authorized sales agent in 1991. Today, XMC is a sales, leasing, service, and supplier of printers, digital presses, digital copiers, and full document solutions. The company is the second largest Xerox Authorized Sales Agent in the nation, and number one in its region. Xerox has honored XMC with numerous awards, including its Gold Award of Excellence, Superior Service Award, and a 14-Star Top Performer, one of only three agencies of 400 to earn this rating.


Stacy L. McCall

ServiceMaster by Stratos

One of the largest ServiceMaster Clean franchises in the world, ServiceMaster by Stratos provides janitorial services along with commercial, specialty post-construction, and green cleaning. McCall is a former engineer with Mobile Oil, a Commissioner of Memphis City Beautiful, and a Board Member for Boy Scouts of America. The company serves a wide range of industries accounting for more than 3.5 million square feet and 383,000 employees in Tennessee, North Mississippi, and Alabama.


Finalists: 200-1,000 Employees

Lauren McHugh

Huey’s Restaurants

As many of us know, Huey’s is a full-service casual dining establishment founded in Memphis in 1970. McHugh grew up in the family business and has worked in every position from server to manager to top administrator. She has helped grow Huey’s from two locations to eight, most recently opening a new restaurant last month in Germantown. Revenue for all locations this year is expected to exceed $21 million. The restaurant is famous for their Huey burgers, which have won Best Burger in Memphis magazine and the Memphis Flyer for as long as anyone can remember.


Dr. Richard W. Phillips

Southern College of Optometry

Southern College of Optometry is a leading optometric education and eye care clinic founded in 1932. In his time leading the organization, Dr. Phillips has increased enrollment 10 percent and the faculty has grown 40 percent. He has led the school through two successful capital campaigns and has worked to significantly increase campus involvement in service learning and community involvement. Dr. Phillips was named the Tennessee Optometrist of the Year in 1998 and the Memphis Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year in 2010.


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